REFILE-US forming working groups on how to lift major travel restrictions
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WASHINGTON, June 8 (Reuters) – The White House will announce on Tuesday that it is launching a series of expert working groups with Canada, Mexico, the European Union and the United Kingdom to determine how best to reopen the safe travel, a White House official told Reuters.
The announcement, another administration official said, is a strong indication that the Biden administration will not move quickly to lift restrictions that prevent much of the world from entering the United States, given the time it will take to set up these working groups and organize reviews.
“While we will not reopen travel today, we hope that these expert working groups will help us use our collective expertise to chart a way forward, with the goal of reopening international travel with our key partners when ‘it will be determined that it is safe to do so therefore,’ the White House official said.
The White House official said “all decisions will be fully guided by objective analysis and recommendations from public health and medical experts,” and noted that the working groups will be led by the response team. COVID from the White House and the National Security Council and will include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other agencies.
Airlines and others have pressured the administration to lift restrictions that ban most non-US citizens who have stayed in the UK, in Europe’s 26 Schengen countries without border controls, in Ireland, China, India, South Africa, Iran and Brazil. The United States is also banning most non-essential travel at its land borders with Mexico and Canada. (Reporting by David Shepardson; editing by Jonathan Oatis)